Boating Safety Financial Assistance

To encourage greater State participation and uniformity in boating safety, particularly to permit the States to assume the greater share of boating safety education, assistance, and enforcement activities, and to assist the States in developing, carrying out and financing their recreational boating safety

credit: Chargers

Awards are made available to national nonprofit public service organizations to support national recreational boating safety activities.

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Relevant Nonprofit Program Categories

Program Accomplishments

In the prior fiscal year, the Coast Guard entered into contractual obligations with 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and 15 national nonprofit public service organizations.

Uses and Use Restrictions

Acquisition, maintenance and operating test costs of State boating safety program facilities, equipment, and supplies; personnel salaries and reimbursable expenses; costs of training personnel; public boating safety education; cost of acquiring, constructing and repairing public access sites; costs of administering the program; national boating safety activities of national nonprofit public service organizations; and other expenses which the Secretary considers appropriate.

Eligibility Requirements

Applicant Eligibility

States (including Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Guam, American Samoa, Northern Marianas, and the District of Columbia) having a Coast Guard-approved boating safety program may apply for financial assistance.

States may not receive more than one-half of the total costs incurred for their boating safety program.

States must have a boating safety program as described in 46 U.S.C.

13102(c) to be eligible for a full share of the funds.

National nonprofit public service organizations may apply and receive a combined total of up to 5 percent of the funds available in any 1 year.

Beneficiary Eligibility

Nation's boating public.


Cost of State programs will be determined in accordance with 46 U.S.C. 13107(b) and OMB Circular No. A-87. The Federal cost principles contained in OMB Circular No. A-122 shall be used in determining costs applicable to national nonprofit public service organizations.

Aplication and Award Process

Preapplication Coordination

This program is eligible for coverage under E.O.

12372, "Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs." A State applicant should consult the office or official designated as the single point of contact in his or her State for more information on the process the State requires to be followed in applying for assistance, if the State has selected the program for review.

States (including eligible territories and the District of Columbia) will be contacted by the Coast Guard.

National nonprofit public service organizations interested in boating safety will be given public notice via the Federal Register on or about October 1, as well as by posting of funds availability via the website.

Application Procedures

Application deadline and other information are contained in the application/program guidance.

Award Procedures

Applications or plans are reviewed by DHS program and administrative staff. Any issues or concerns noted in the application will be negotiated with the successful applicant prior to the award being issued.


Refer to announcement or application guidance for further information.


Public Law 98-89, 97 Stat. 592; 46 U.S.C. 13101-13109; Sportfishing and Recreational Boating Safety Act of 2005 (Subtitle A, Title X, Public Law 109-59).

Range of Approval/Disapproval Time

Refer to program guidance document.


Will be considered.



Assistance Considerations

Formula and Matching Requirements

One-third of the funds available to the States shall be divided equally among eligible States; one-third shall be divided among eligible States based on the ratio of vessels numbered under approved State numbering systems; the remaining one-third shall be divided among eligible States based on the ratio of State funds spent for State boating safety programs in the previous fiscal year. The Federal share of funds expended on boating safety may not exceed 50 percent of total cost of a State program. Funds remain available for obligation by a State for 3 years following date of allocation. Not more than 5 percent of the appropriation may be allocated to national nonprofit public service organizations. There is no matching requirement for grants to nonprofit organizations.

Length and Time Phasing of Assistance

Refer to program guidance. Awards are subject to the Cash Management Improvement Act for payment and/or reimbursement of expenditures.

Post Assistance Requirements


Grantees are required to submit quarterly financial and performance reports.

Quarterly "Progress Reports" must include the progress of each sub-grant award.

Reports are due 30 days after the end of each quarter: January 30, April 30, July 30, and October 30.

Final financial and performance reports are due 90 days after the expiration or termination of grant award.


In accordance with the provisions of OMB Circular A-133 (Revised, June 27, 2003), "Audits of States, Local Governments, and Nonprofit Organizations," nonfederal entities that expend financial assistance of $500,000 or more in Federal awards (or receive property, or a combination of both, within the fiscal year) will have a single or a program-specific audit conducted for that year. Nonfederal entities that expend less than $500,000 a year in Federal awards are exempt from Federal audit requirements for that year, except as noted in Circular A-133. These audits are due to the cognizant Federal agency, submitted through the Federal Audit Clearinghouse, not later than 9 months after the end of the grantees fiscal year.


Grant records shall be retained for a period of 3 years from the day the recipient submits its final expenditure report. If any litigation, claim, negotiation, audit, or other action involving the records has been started before the expiration of the 3-year period, the records must be retained until completion of the action and resolution of all issues which arise from it, or until the end of the regular 3-year period, whichever is later. Grant records include financial and program/progress reports, support documents, statistical records, and other documents that support the activity and/or expenditure of the recipient or sub-recipient under the award.

Financial Information

Account Identification



FY 07 $111,916,440; FY 08 est. $124,875,359; and FY 09 est. $117,568,011.

Range and Average of Financial Assistance

Refer to program guidance.

Regulations, Guidelines, and Literature

44 CFR Part 13 (States) and 49 CFR Part 19 (nonprofit organizations); Office of Management and Budget Circular Nos. A-87; A-102; A-110; A-122; A-133; and the State Recreational Boating Safety Program State Guide (COMDTPUB P16755.3).

Information Contacts

Regional or Local Office


Headquarters Office

Headquarters Office: State Grants: W. Vann Burgess; Telephone: (202) 372-1071; Nonprofit Organizations: Donald J. Kerlin; Telephone: (202) 372-1054; Division of Boating Safety (CG-5422), U.S. Coast Guard Headquarters, 2100 Second Street, SW., Washington, DC 20593.

Criteria for Selecting Proposals

Refer to the program guidance for information on criteria for selecting proposals.

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